Community Police Officer Larna Fox-Cowan joined myself from Transition University of St Andrews and my lit up bike outside the Student Union last night, alongside Union Representative, Ishbel Duncan, Alex Clark and Anya Kaufman from St Andrews University Environment Team Environment Team University of St Andrews and Cara Nicholson from Community Relations Team St Andrews Community Relations.
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StandRe-Use 2014: We’re gonna need a bigger van

StAnd Re-Use 2014 started about 3 months ago when I first met with University waste guru Barbara to discuss how to make this year’s collection the biggest ever. ‘I want to mark out sections on the floor, have an army of volunteers, massive pop-ups, multiple collection points, we’re going to collect more than ever before’ I enthusiastically told her. ‘Go for it’ was her supportive response. Read More…

Scrumptious smörgåsbords

The last few weeks has seen a smörgåsbord of cooking classes taking place. Jeff came back to teach us that low-carbon food need not be laborious and prepared ‘fast food in the kitchen’. His recipes are undoubtedly tastier and better for you than more conventional forms of fast food: if you want to find out exactly what goes into your food we recommend Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation or anyRead More…

Part Time Carnivore, a Reflection

I have been an official part time carnivore for a couple months now – an experience I didn’t think was going to have as much affect on my diet as I originally imagined. As of writing this post, I share St Andrews with 39 other part time carnivores (three of them being my flatmates) and I can proudly say that I have stuck to my own personal pledge since joining in November. I know a ‘pledgeRead More…

Coriander & Caster Sugar

  Jeff cooked Braised Butternut Squash with Tuna and Coriander, followed by some indulgent but delectable French Toast with Caramel Sauce. You can find these recipes here. Some of Jeff’s top tips included: Eat seasonal local vegetables (bell peppers in February, in Scotland, do not taste half as good as the seasonal ones);  If you’re using butter, use salted butter; Cook caraRead More…

101 Ways to Chop an Onion

Easily prepared and with remarkably few ingredients, on Friday afternoon Nami taught us that good Asian food need not be complicated. In fact, barring the fresh vegetables (which are readily available in St Andrews) most students probably have the remaining ingredients lurking at the back of their cupboards.  Nami’s recipes for Fiery Soy Stir Fry and Vegetarian Soup can be found here. ThRead More…

Green Week is on its way!

Join the Students’ Association Green Week team and your societies in a wide range of exciting and innovating events, from cycle powered movie screenings to tours of ‘Hamish’ the composter and our Community Fayre. For more details see this page: https://www.facebook.com/greenweek2012     For the full schedule click here. Read More…

Carbon Conversations

Having recently attended a lecture by Jonathan Porritt at Loughborough University’s Green Impact Project launch, Iasked him this question: ‘what are the most important skills needed by young people and graduates to make innovative contributions to sustainability?’ Despite his known attention to scientific accuracy and political detail (combined with the occasional rant on Jeremy ClarkRead More…

Taking on the Tar Sands

My inspiration While at a protest outside RBS in April 2010, a member of the Rain Forest Action Network and Native Canadian, Ariel Deranger, spokeabout how the Tar Sands were affecting the lives of many First Nation communities, and it was this personal story that really moved me. This was why, when given the chance, I applied to go to Alberta, Canada with People and Planet – to hear personRead More…

World Resources Forum

Long have the sustainably minded called for international collaboration and knowledge exchange on world issues, and the World Resources Forum represented a platform for doing just that. Yet like so many conferences, of its kind, many we’re left wondering at the end, whether it was worth attending at all! As a young student fortunate enough to take part in a Youth Encounter on SustainabiliRead More…

The Beginnings

This year Transition has taken on a fast pace of its own – we are really lucky to  have three staff, an office and great projects funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, but it is still important to remember how this all started. I have coordinated the OneWorld Society here at St Andrews for about a year now. I was thrown into this role last year when most of the other OneWorld committeeRead More…